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30 June 2006

A Dylan Message To The Masters Of War ...

Anyone else as old as This Old Brit & Richard, or thereabouts, is bound to remember a certain old hippy every bit as well as we do.

One of the long time good old guys of anti-war, peace activisism, if ever there was one.

Goes by the name of Dylan.

Ring any old bells? We bet is does.

Well, here's something he wrote.

"Masters of War"

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

And right here & now we're proud to present a "Pearl Jam" performance [recorded live at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversay] as they sing similarly.

Simply switch on your speakers then click centre-screen arrow.



Blogger Tom said...

You are on a roll, Richard. I posted and gave you credit. I still have goose bumps.

5:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dylan's words - as powerful as they always were.
(not sure about that group\band though).

7:31 pm  
Anonymous anon2 said...

It took massive and continuing protests to end the US war in Viet Nam. I took a lot of very brave people (mainly the younger ones) some of who were shot dead on college campuses by fellow Americans in uniforms.

Is that going to happen again?

I think not. There are no young lions left in the US. Those who could do something show no sign of trying to.

It's so sad, and just you wait and see, in the longer term it's Americans themselves who will suffer most for their inactions. There are over 3 hundred million Americans. Are they ALL scared shitless? Of their own government?

I would HATE to be in that position. They are litterally 'occupied' - and meekly accept it.

10:00 pm  
Blogger erdla said...

Sheeple is a good word for most Americans at present. They're either Republican Sheeple or Democratic Sheeple. With maybe one or two green sheeple in their who need to believe desperately that Nader isn't in Cheney's pocket.

12:21 am  
Blogger noel adamson said...

This started as a one or two line comment...sorry for being so long winded.

Hi Richard. I actually dropped by to commend the British population on their overwhelming recognition and rejection of the viciousness and ignorance that has consumed my country as reflected by this recent poll. It is something that can not be interpreted as an insult but very good advice that a friend might offer such as "there is food in your beard", "you have lipstick all over your teeth" or "stop being a dumb prick". Thank you.

Here is an mp3 of Dylan's original version of Masters of War.

I have also been thinking of you as I have failed to find documentation of a british court decision in 1775 allowing a slave to sue his master. This was one year before slave owners in this country declared independence from Britain, an event we now observe as a celebration of our "freedom". Considering the study done by your King's College in London this is certainly a cruel hoax.

As for the lack of young people participating in anti-war activities in contrast to the 60s I think that is only partially true with several qualifications. First being that the baby boom had created a large surplus of young people. Born in 1946, my class in school was always 50% larger than the ones preceding it. Two being that we were subject to the draft which motivated a lot of young men and their loved ones to rebel and take risks in doing so to avoid the much greater risk of dying in the mud in Vietnam. In spite of those efforts that McWar droned on for over a decade, longer than any other war in U.S. history.

We have had very large demonstrations here in this go around and started before the invasion of Iraq even began and, though the average age is likely older, there are many young people involved. I have been going down to the court house here in Eureka to observe court proceedings stemming from drummed up charges against local protesters. (These are known as SLAPPs.) One thing that is different however is the lack of media coverage and the gross distortion of what there is of it. The body count is almost always 10% of the actual count for one thing. In addition to the intentional assault on free and open media that resulted from the successes of the 60s there is the intentional dumbing down of our educational system. The far right, ever flush with stolen cash, has simply been buying up media and schools. One result of this dumbing down is seen in comparing the state by state statistics on IQ and money spent on education with how each state has voted in the last election. Check it out here.

Another plus factor in today's world is the internet which has allowed us a voice we did not have in the 60s. I'm sure they will be nipping that in the bud toot sweet. : )

2:56 am  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

Oh man, there is another tom here! My parents should've gave me a name like Ottocar (Ottokar) or something like that......(or maybe not).

OK, I will be tom v. from now on.

The lyrics of Bob Dylan never sounded more poignant and more urgent in its condemnation of Evil working for destruction and death as well as the many minions of his enablers who sold their Soul to him. Thanks for posting it.

4:35 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Apologies for late response, all.

Anyhow better late than never.

Thanks, Tom. You know it's appreciated.

And, Noel. Where have you been hiding your light of late? I often think of you too, so it's good to *see* you and to get those views & links of yours. You know you're more than welcome around here -- always.

I take it you're still working as hard [and actively] as ever. More power to your elbow, my friend. But don't leave it so long next time, eh?


8:52 pm  

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